One is better than none

One of life’s valuable lessons seen through the eyes of a five-year old.

Sometimes, one thing is better than nothing at all.

I have the joy of taking care of my grand kids every Tuesday and Thursday this summer.  In an effort to keep them busy, and not totally bored, I’ve been taking them to the park for a few hours each time. My backyard is more of a garden than a playground, so it just makes for a happier grandma to take them to the park.

So the other day when we were getting ready to go, the request was made to go to the “Pirate Park”.  The “Pirate Park”? Where is that? Well, a quick text to Dad, and the mystery was solved! Thank goodness for text messaging.  It made this Grandma seem pretty smart!

So, off we went to discover a new and exciting park!

I got the drinks ready, but I forgot the snacks this time. Trust me, that won’t happen again! Last minute trips to the bathroom, shoes on, and we’re ready to go!

Everybody on the bus! (The nickname the kids have given to Grandpa’s car.)

Excitedly driving to our destination, with great anticipation of getting to play at the “Pirate Park”.  We drive up to the park, and the gate is closed.

It’s locked.  Closed for repairs.  Really? But this is the park we wanted to go to! Today!

A temporary moment of great disappointment is quickly adverted when my granddaughter says: “That’s o.k. Grandma, we can still go to another park, because one park is better than no park, even if it’s not the one that we wanted to go to“.

A valuable life lesson she is learning from her parents.

Even though we don’t get everything that we want, well..somethimes, one really is better than nothing at all.


Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Framed by a Frame

3 Gifts framed by a frame….

An interesting challenge – when I think of things that are framed, I think of pictures.

The love of my life is framed in this frame.  A wonderful husband, and a very good friend!  In fact, he is my best friend!  We are happiest when we are together.  I am so very thankful for him and for our marriage!

Image 1

Another thing framed in a frame is our house, and the windows in our house! The frame that holds the house together, and the windows that let in the light.   I’m so thankful for the frame that holds our little house together. It’s such a good place to call home.

Image 2

And of course, these three little lives are all framed by one frame, but each one is so unique and special in their own way.  They’ve captured my heart.  I love watching them learn and grow, and giving them Grandma kisses every chance I get!


These are just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” 
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday“!

It’s just what you do.


And here it is …. Another day, to try, try, try again!

And as I go quietly through my day, I’m going to be listening to that little voice.

Because sometimes, it’s not just what you do, it’s the ONLY thing to do!

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

The world through my eyes often takes on a new perspective….

through his eyes

when I look at it through the world of a child’s eyes.

Treasures and delight can be found in the most insignificant things…we just have to look for them!

For more intriguing takes on this challenge, click on this link!

Just in time for summer!

Finally, the big day is here!  And just in time for summer!

I finally got my cast off!

Now if I can just figure out how to make my hand “work” again!

What a strange feeling, but oh,what a relief!

It’s healed up nicely, and the soreness from the break is gone  Next check-up is in 4 weeks!

I KNOW I can do this!

Thankful Thursday : A gift bent, beautiful and broken

A gift bent, beautiful and broken…

This was a little hard for me to come up with pictures for these. Beautiful, now that’s an easy one, the other two were a little more of a challenge.

I’m thankful for the way these flowers just made me smile. The way that they were all bent over, and still so proudly on display at this restaurant.

bent flowers

A beautiful sight of the sun shining on the ocean.  I’m so thankful for my eyesight and the ability to see wonderful things like this!

ocean view

And the last one, while I’m not thankful that it’s broken, I am so very thankful that it can be fixed and that I will be wearing my wedding ring again, soon!

Tomorrow should be the day I finally get my cast off!

broken ring

These are just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

Gratitude is medicine for a heart devastated by tragedy. If you can only be thankful for the blue sky, then do so.
― Richelle E. Goodrich

Have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday“!

A Word a Week Challenge: Vibrant

I’m not sure how this even happened, no adjustments were made to this picture before, during or after it was taken.

It is extremely vibrant though!
Vibrant Rose

Take a look at what some other people have done for this challenge by clicking on this link.

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2013 US Open

I watched the 2013 US Open Golf Tournament this week-end.  I know, watching golf isn’t for everyone, but I really actually enjoy it.


The tournament was held at the Merion Golf Club in Merion PA.  It was speculated by the golf commentators that this would be an easy golf course/tournament.

In reality it was a force to be reckoned with.  It had its way with the golfers, and managed to devour the worlds #1, and #2 players, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, without so much as a glance back.

Over the course of the 3 days of play, the leader board changed repeatedly. On the last day, Sunday, it was virtually  impossible to tell just who was going to walk away the winner.  The leader board changed with almost every stroke of the ball.

One of my favorites of the game, Phil Mickleson was holding his own and staying in the top 3.  A tournament that has alluded him 5 other times up to this point.  Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.  It was his to win, and it appeared to be falling into place for him.

At the end of the 2nd round of play he was in the lead by a very slim margin.  A little too close for my comfort, but the lead, never the less.

And then Sunday came.  The final round of the tournament.

It was Father’s Day.  It also just happened to be Phil Mickleson’s birthday.  The stage was set for him to take home the trophy and finally come out victorious at this particular tournament.

It was a nail biter, right down to the final hole.  I was cheering him on. At times I was barely able to watch.  I just wanted him to win!

And once again Phil Mickleson made golf history. He had some amazing shots, and played some terrific golf. But in the end, he just had one too many misses.  He became the 2nd runner-up for the 6th time at this tournament.

Missed it again.


I can’t even imagine the turmoil that he experienced that evening.  He said it was a heart breaker.

He said it right.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

A lady and her curves!


Not sure why the fish is on her head….oh well!

If you would like to see more images of curves, check out this link!

Oh happiness…

I might need to get some ice cream today.

I was hoping to get my cast off of my arm today, but nope….one more week to go!  I guess I can’t fool the Doctor after all. I thought it had been on long enough, but she apparently doesn’t agree with me.

You can't buy happiness

I can do this!

Must get ice cream!